Why are some children scared of clowns?

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  1. Vellur profile image94
    Vellurposted 10 years ago

    Why are some children scared of clowns?

  2. Faith Reaper profile image83
    Faith Reaperposted 10 years ago

    Oh, my daughter was scared of clowns when she was little. I think it is the clowns who wear the more dramatic makeup that look a bit more frightening to them. She loved Bozo though.

    1. Vellur profile image94
      Vellurposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It could be the makeup, yes.

  3. alancaster149 profile image74
    alancaster149posted 10 years ago

    With good reason, I'd say. Not the clowns you find in the circus, the ones that seem to have caught hold of the reins and run this little globe of ours we call Mother Earth.
    Seriously though, maybe it's the odd make-up they wear and the wheezes they get up to in the ring (some politicians run their countries the same way, though, only less obvious... More sneaky).

    1. Vellur profile image94
      Vellurposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hmmm!! Interesting!

  4. Lady Guinevere profile image66
    Lady Guinevereposted 10 years ago

    Do you know about Pennywise the dancing clown from the movie by Stephen King, IT?  That scares me and I am an adult!

    1. Vellur profile image94
      Vellurposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh my!! It is sad.

  5. tirelesstraveler profile image60
    tirelesstravelerposted 10 years ago

    It is developmental.  Until kids are older clowns are frequently scary.  They can be scared of puppets as well.

    1. Vellur profile image94
      Vellurposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I enjoy the circus and have a good laugh at the clowns acts and jokes and I always wondered what is so scary about the clown. I even wrote a poem about the clown, hoping that people who read it can overcome their fear.

  6. krillco profile image87
    krillcoposted 10 years ago

    It has much to do with facial recognition; small children recognize the human face within certain boundaries, a clown face, exaggerated, is not within those boundaries. Paired with the rather intense animation that we clowns use, it can be startling and uncomfortably unfamiliar to them. The skilled clown knows how to help kids accept them and then have fun with them.


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